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Town of Windermere

Table of Contents

Administration Offices Gary Bruhn, Town Mayor Robert Smith, Town Manager Dorothy Burkhalter, Town Clerk David Grimm, Public Works Director Linda Bouton, Finance Supervisor Amanda Click, Finance Clerk II Jacquelyn M. Hefeli, Administrative Assistant

From the Desk of the Mayor

614 Main Street, Windermere, FL 34786 (407) 876-2563 •


Farmer’s Market 4

Police Department Business Hours Non-Emergency: 407-876-3757 After Hours Non-Emergency: 321-299-2414 David Ogden, Police Chief Maria Carrasquillo, Police Clerk Jennifer Treadwell, Deputy Chief & School Liaison

Family Food Truck Night


Windermere Wine & Dine


Windermere Treebute Arbor Day Festival


Elders Luncheon 8 Park & Tennis Passes


Valentine’s Movie Night


Windermere Auto Show 10

Council Members Mayor Gary Bruhn: John Armstrong: Richard Gonzalez: Jim O’Brien: Mike Pirozzolo: Molly Rose:

Yard Sale 11 Easter Egg Hunt 11

Boards and Committees Special Magistrate • Development Review Board Downtown Business Committee • Elder Affairs Committee Historical Board • Long Range Planning Committee Parks and Recreation Committee • Tree Board

From the PD Chief’s Desk


Lights On Sergeant Hoffman


5k Run/Walk Among the Lakes


Photo Album 14 Winter Tennis Schedule 15

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My Fellow Neighbors…. As always, I hope this Newsletter finds all of you well. It’s hard to believe that we are welcoming in 2014, so let’s take a look back at the year behind us and what lies ahead. MAIN STREET RESURFACING – What turned out to be a very wet Summer also proved to be a challenge as we worked to resurface South Main Street. A two week project to rebuild our street base, pour curbing and repave South Main Street took over a month because of the weather. I appreciate the patience from those of you who lived with this construction at your front door. MAJOR UPGRADES FOR WINDERMERE’S NEWEST PARK – A large pavilion and bathrooms should be complete at the Butler Bay Park by the time this newsletter reaches you. This is another great enhancement to our Town. I have asked our Parks and Recreation Committee to consider renaming this great asset to something more representative of Windermere. I would be remiss if I did not recognize the donations by residents and the Windermere Rotary and the hard work of our Parks and Recreation Committee in making this happen. OUR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WAS PUT TO THE TEST – On March 24th we were put to the test with an unexpected and potentially deadly storm with winds in excess of 80 miles per hour and many of us were without power for days. Our town staff and Emergency Services Contractor, Windermere Land and Tree Services, had workers in place before the rains stopped. Before sunset all roads were open. This was attributable to the fact that we have plans, procedures and contracts in place for this type of event. PROVIDING STABILITY FOR OUR TOWN LEADERSHIP – It is important that we have stability and leadership for our town. It has now been over two years since Town Manager Robert Smith assumed his leadership position. He received an excellent performance review and our Council has signed him to a long term contract. Our Police Chief has just completed his first year and he has shown great leadership in moving our Department forward and utilizing the latest technology including…


OUR POLICE OFFICERS ARE NOW EQUIPPED WITH BODY CAMERAS – We are one of only three agencies utilizing police body cameras in the Central Florida area. This protects not only the public, but it protects our police officers from false accusations and protects our town from false lawsuits.

PREVENTING CRIME STARTS WITH EACH OF US. I want to urge each of you to do what you can to continue to make Windermere the safest community in Orange County. We can do a lot of things to help prevent crime and assist our officers. Every work day almost 30,000 vehicles travel through our town. That’s 10 times our population. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON’T MAKE IT EASY FOR CRIMINALS. Lock your vehicles when you are not in them and do not leave valuables and your keys in your car. Do not leave packages and purses in plain view, especially at night. Lock your house doors at night. Many of you have told me that you never lock your front door. The difference between a locked door and an unlocked door can prevent you from being a victim. Do not leave your garage door open. An open garage door with no vehicles says no one is home. And if someone is home, it puts that person at risk. An open garage door also allows easy entry into your home. Do you have bushes and shrubs that make it easy for people to hide near your home? A quick trim may prevent this. You may also want to consider a motion activated spotlight in certain areas. And remember, if you are going to be away from your house for an extended period, you can contact our Police Department and they will check on your home.

WINDERMERE HELD THE LINE ON TAXES – Once again we retained the same millage rate of 3.7896 as last year which gave us the second lowest rate for a municipality in Orange County. And we were able to do this through good fiscal management, which allowed us to move forward with the many improvements we saw, while continuing to improve the level of our cash reserves. OUR CODES AND ORDINANCES ARE ON LINE – Everyone now has access to our code and ordinances and they are accessible through our web site. This has been a multi-year effort in which staff and volunteers spent countless hours reviewing approximately 800 pages. I want to extend my appreciation to all those who helped bring us into the 21st century! G TRAFFIC ISSUES AND OUR OPTIONS – By the first of the year, we should see the results of the professional traffic engineering study that was commissioned many months ago. The last thing we want to do is guess at what MIGHT improve traffic flow only to find that we may have made it worse. To put things in perspective, the design, engineering and construction of a roundabout is around $300,000. Want to add an additional lane to an existing road? Plan to spend close to $100,000. We owe it to our taxpayers to make sure that we have ALL of the facts before we spend the dollars to start a project.

I want to wish each and every one of you a Happy and Prosperous New Year. I also want to thank our staff, committee volunteers and Council members for the current state of our Town. We have had many challenges in the past few years and through their hard work, we have met those challenges and excelled. It has been an honor to serve as your Mayor for a decade. Don’t forget that you can read all of the latest news by visiting my website:

LET’S MAKE 2014 A SAFE YEAR! As we begin a new year, I thought I would share with you the same message that I share with you every year at this time….

Your Mayor,

Gary Bruhn


Stop by and pick up your fresh produce, local honey, fresh bread, pasta, organic tea, nuts, gourmet cheeses, roasted coffee, healthy snacks, flowers, fresh kettlecorn, and so much more! Visit our Facebook page at

Every Friday 9 am – 2 pm Main Street

Every 4th Friday 5 – 9:30 pm Main Street Every 4th Friday of the month, the Town of Windermere’s Downtown Business Committee hosts the Family Food Truck Night. The event is held on brick Main Street, in front of Town Hall, located in the heart of Downtown Windermere. Bring friends, family, chairs, blankets and an appetite. For the current month list of participating trucks please visit our website at The DBC is currently looking for entertainment sponsors ­—please contact Matt Allen at for sponsorship information. 4


Tree Adoption and Sales at Treebute

“Ask the Arborist” at Windermere Treebute

Kids Tree Climb at Windermere Treebute

Stopper and historic camellias. For edible landscaping, blueberries, mulberry, citrus trees, apple, peach, pear and plum trees are also available. Florida Native trees such as Elm, Red Maple, Longleaf Pine, Magnolias, Turkey Oak, Red Oak, Live Oak, Cypress, Loblolly Bay, Cedar, Tabebuia, Pignut Hickory, Blackgum, Simpson’s Stopper, Red Bay and Cypress are offered for adoption and sale to diversify the Urban Forest. Windermere residents may adopt one tree per household. Non-residents may purchase trees at a discount.

Celebrating 21 Years as “Tree City USA” By Theresa Schretzmann-Myers Bring your family to the Windermere Treebute Arbor Day Festival and join the 21st Anniversary celebration of a Tree City USA, Saturday, January 18th from 10 AM - 4 PM at 512 Main Street. Windermere Tree Board, Tree Climbing Concepts Training Team Inc. (TCCTT) and Windermere Garden Club sponsor the festival with proceeds supporting Windermere’s Urban Forestry program. There are trees for sale and planting, a safe kids tree climb, “Ask the Arborist” booth, Smokey Bear, Enchanted Walk-Abouts to explore nature, food trucks, arts, crafts, live music, an international tree climbing competition, IFIS mobile plant info trailer and more. There is no admission charge for the festival. For more information contact Windermere Tree Board at or 407-579-4621.

Windermere Tree Board and arborists supply public tree education utilizing the “Ask the Arborist Booth” where residents can get advice from ISA Certified Arborists regarding the “Right Tree for the Right Place” in their yards. IFIS Orange County Extension is also available for horticultural and pest control questions at their mobile plant trailer. A Kids Tree Climb is available where kids can experience the beauty of trees up high while climbing in a safety harness, helmet and safety glasses in Windermere’s beautiful tree canopy. For more tree education, Smokey Bear from Florida Forestry Division is present with forestry books and information. “Enchanted Walk-Abouts” with naturalist John Springer are offered to teach children and adults how to see trees and nature with new eyes.

Windermere Treebute Arbor Day Festival proceeds support Windermere’s Urban Forestry program with purchase of hundreds of trees each year for planting by Windermere Tree Board volunteers and local residents, Saturday, January 18th from 10 AM - 4 PM. For those who have mature trees, understory and flowering trees are offered such as Redbud, Fringe Tree, Flatwoods Plum, Simpson’s


Arbor Day Tree Planting in Windermere

Enjoy food trucks, arts and crafts vendors and live music with the Down Brothers Band while you watch the “Geezers in the Treezers” Tree Climbing Competition where Certified Arborists over age 40 compete in 5 different tree climbing competitions stressing advanced tree arboriculture skills and emergency rescue techniques. Competitors come from the U.S., Canada and Britain to compete in Windermere’s historic tree canopy.

Crepe Myrtle Pruning along Main Street

Tree Safety Training Seminar

Tree Safety Training Seminar for Arborists, Tree Workers, EMT’s, First Responders and Firemen is facilitated by Windermere Tree Board who partners with TCCTT Arborists and North American Training Solutions who conduct and underwrite the cost to teach tree safety training for emergency extractions and singleline safety rope training, Friday, January 17, 2014 from 8 AM - 4 PM. For more information and registration, contact Adam Jackson at (321) 303-9026 or

Arbor Day Ceremony and Tree Planting Celebrating 21 years as a “Tree City USA”, the Windermere Arbor Day ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014,10 AM is coordinated by Windermere Garden Club and Windermere Tree Board with a Mayoral proclamation, Police color guard, children singing tree songs, planting the Arbor Day tree, public tree care education by arborists and refreshments. It is open to the public. Town Square trees and Main Street trees are pruned and mulched every Arbor Day by volunteer arborists and Windermere Tree Board.


Next Elders Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, February 4 at 11:30 am at Town Hall on 520 Main Street. If you are over the age of 60 and would like to join please RSVP to Karen Fay at 407-876-2218. If you are in need of a ride please call Mayor Bruhn at 407-876-1732.

Your Park Passes and Tennis Passes now run concurrent with the fiscal year: 10/1/2013 – 9/30/2014. Passes and keys are now available at the Town Office. The gates will be open for one week to give people an opportunity to purchase the new keys and passes, then the gates will be locked. You can purchase the passes during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.


February 14 at 7:30 pm Behind Town Hall on Main Street

(Event will be moved inside Town Hall in case of rain.)

FREE. Adults only.

Bring a blanket and chairs to enjoy a romantic movie classic under the stars.

with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck

A princess plays hooky from her royal duties for 24 hours with a reporter. This 1953 classic is one of Hollywood’s most sweetly romantic films – a frothy, modern telling of the Cinderella story, in reverse.


YA P O R R E A LT Y • 6 2 5 M a i n S t r e e t , S u i t e 1 0 3 , W i n d e r m e r e • 4 0 7 - 9 0 9 - 8 0 0 0

Downtown Windermere Yard Sale March 15, 2014 / 8 am – 1 pm Bring all of your unwanted treasures to sell at the Historic Town Square. Vendors include local antique dealers, homeowners and garage sale dealers. Edgewood Children’s ranch will be on hand to remove any leftover items and provide tax receipts. Spaces are 10’ x 10’ and are $10 for residents and $20 for non-residents. Since tables are not provided for this event, please bring the materials to set-up your items. For more information please contact John Thurman at

Saturday, April 19, 2014 / 10 am The Windermere Police Department’s Annual

Easter Egg Hunt

will be held in Town Square, directly behind the Windermere Town Hall. Join the Easter Bunny, Mayor and Police Chief for a parade to Town Square after which the egg hunt will begin! The Bunny will be on hand for pictures, so bring your cameras. The Town will provide drinks for the children. If you are interested in bringing cookies or snacks please contact Jacquelyn Hefeli at 407-876-2563.


Crime is a community problem and Intelligence Led Policing is a welcome model for successfully engaging crime trends/patterns and safeguarding our community. Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have only recently recognize the importance of information sharing to help prevent crime and even terrorism in their neighborhoods. This is what Secretary Janet Napolitano meant when she said that “Homeland Security starts with Hometown Security.” Law Enforcement Executives need to meet with community leadership in both private and open forums to accelerate information sharing and ensure discussion concerning possible threats to their communities are known when that time is appropriate. We should all embrace the community policing philosophy by emphasizing partnerships and problem solving to make a difference in the communities that we serve. As we enter 2014 we should understand that we no longer live in the same communities that some of us enjoyed in our youth with our windows open and front doors left unlocked. This is simply a fact of life that too many choose to ignore and become complacent. Hyper vigilance is certainly not the answer either but simply being engaged with our community, understanding what to look for in our area, sharing information and

checking on your neighbor goes a long way in developing a safer environment. Communities need to become part of the problemsolving process through developing a trustworthy relationship with their local law enforcement, thus having the community shared responsibility for addressing current issues. The internet has become a great facilitator for information sharing for those interested in problem solving in their communities. However, recent cases have indicated that some of those who wish to prey upon hardworking citizens are utilizing the same internet tools that we use socially to target identify you. How many of you post on FB, Twitter or other social media when you will be away from home? More than you think. Remember that Cyber Security has now topped the number one threat to our nation and internet safety measures should always be taken when working online. For those of you who may not know that Windows XP and Office 2003 version will no longer be supported as of April 8, 2014 from Microsoft. This means you will no longer received security feature updates as you do now which will make your systems more vulnerable to attacks. Now is the time to upgrade your system! Regards,

Chief Dave Ogden

Windermere Police Sergeant Melissa Hoffman began her law enforcement career in 2003 as a Reserve Police Officer for the Town of Windermere. Shortly thereafter, she joined the force as a full-time officer where she served in uniform patrol. Sergeant Hoffman’s passion for patrol and her dedication to the agency inspired her to become a Field Training Officer and train newly hired police officers. In 2006, Sergeant Hoffman ultimately decided to revert back to a reserve status so she could spend quality time with her family. However, she continued to serve in uniform patrol and assist with training. Sergeant Hoffman eventually became the supervisor over the Reserve Program; devoting her time to the administrative duties for the supervision of the unit as well as supplementing personnel for the full-time officers. Sergeant Hoffman also serves as the police department’s Background Investigator, Early Identification System and File Maintenance Coordinator, and alternate Terminal Agency Coordinator (TAC) for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. To date, Sergeant Hoffman has committed approximately 1,000 hours to the Windermere Police Department and the Town of Windermere. Sergeant Hoffman is a native to Central Florida and grew up in Lake County. In her spare time she enjoys taking photographs and volunteers her time as her daughter’s Girl Scout Leader.



Saturday, April 12 8:00 am Windermere Parks and Recreation is pleased to present the 13th Annual UMC Windermere 5K Run/Walk Among The Lakes. The three-mile route meanders through Windermere’s beautiful lakefronts of Butler, Down and Bessie under the canopy of old oak trees. We anticipate more than 1,000 runners and walkers and invite all of our residents to join in the fun. Every participant will receive a Collector’s Edition T-Shirt featuring a custom design by Wildlife Artist Stephen Koury. The event will feature: Chip Timing, Kid’s Fun Run, Photo Finish, Chick-fil-A, Panera bagels and Livie water. To sponsor or volunteer please contact Donna Steele at or call 407-876-2563 ext. 5321 or stop by the Town Offices at 614 Main Street, Windermere, FL 34786. For more info and registration visit:



LITTLE TENNIS - Beginners Ages 5-6

Ages 5-6

Monday 4:00 – 5:00 pm

QUICKSTART- Level 1 Beginners

Ages 7-9 Ages 10-13

Monday 5:00 – 6:00 pm Monday 6:00 – 7:00 pm

RALLYBALL - Level 2 Novice

Ages 7-9 Ages 11-13

Wednesday 4:00 – 5:00 pm Wednesday 5:00 – 6:00 pm

JUNIOR ACERS - Level 3 Intermediate

Ages 7-9 Ages 11-13

Tuesday & Thursday 5:00 – 6:00 pm Tuesday & Thursday 5:00 – 6:00 pm

6-week session

January 13 – February 17

Cost $95

6-week session 6-week session

January 13 – February 17 January 13 – February 17

Cost $95 Cost $95

6-week session 6-week session

January 15 – February 19 January 15 – February 19

Cost $95 Cost $95

6-week session 6-week session

January 7 – February 13 January 7 – February 13

Cost $180 Cost $180

(10 % off Town of Windermere Tennis Members) To register please visit: For questions or further information please contact Marcelo Gouts at 407-963-1471 or e-mail

A History of Real Estate Excellence • Serving Windermere since 1976 • Butler Chain Experts • Top Producers of Estate & Luxury Properties 527 Main Street • 407-876-3688

Farmer’s Market ..................................................... Every Friday Council Candidate Qualifications Close ..................... January 10 Treebute Arbor Day Festival ............................. January 17 – 20 Food Truck Night ..................................................... January 24 Elders Luncheon ....................................................... February 4 Drug Awareness Program ....................................... February 13 Valentine’s Movie Night .......................................... February 14 Annual Auto Show ............................................... February 22 Food Truck Night ..................................................... February 28 DBC Yard Sale ............................................................ March 15 Food Truck Night ......................................................... March 28 5k Run/Walk Among The Lakes ................................... April 12 Easter Egg Hunt ........................................................... April 19 For more information on these or any other Town activity please contact us at: (407) 876-2563 or visit our website:


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